Sunday, January 31, 2010
Many people would say that their focus on their bad mood had nothing to do with the way things unfolded, #*@$ happens! I would unequivocally disagree. Through many experiments in my own personal life and also while encouraging clients to experiment, I have witnessed, time and time again, that what we focus on becomes so for us. Beyond a shadow of a doubt therefore, it is my advice to decide to choose your perspectives, attitudes and thoughts with care and conscious attention. Run an experiment or 10 for yourself. Decide that no matter what thoughts you find yourself starting your day thinking, stop right there, first thing for 2 minutes and change the direction of your focus to one of gratitude, appreciation or love. It may take several attempts to shake off the pessimism, doubt or worry: these are strong emotions that may have created a well-traveled pathway in your brain. Stay with reaching for better-feeling thoughts around the subject you are focused on until you FEEL a shift into a lighter, more positive place. Now you are on your way and can keep the momentum going with more and more ease. It is critical that you genuinely feel better before you move into your day. Decide and proactively scour your life to determinedly find the positive in absolutely everything. As challenging as this may seem, it is possible.
We are free will beings who have been given the choice and freedom to think and, as we think so we feel. As we feel, so it is we experience life. With the onset of a new year it is an excellent time to make some positive mental changes, especially considering that we are in the midst of economic and politically tumultuous times. With chaos, upheaval and confusion comes great opportunity and unlimited potential. It is now more important then possibly ever in our world’s history to take control over our thoughts, attitudes and feelings to know, expect and decide that the very best is yet to come. Decide that life is only getting better and better. Trust that no matter how dark it looks there is always a light to be found and incredible gifts to be experienced after having walked through the darkness. If there was ever a time to be hopeful, positive, and optimistic it is right now. So as the empowered, free will being that you are, I encourage you to choose to expect the best because those who really do that with their whole hearts are never disappointed. Happy mind, body and spirit fitness to all.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
First and foremost I begin with WATER. Commit to drinking plenty of pure, clean water every day. You are 70% water and it is absolutely essential for optimal health to ingest 60-80 oz. each day.
#2 Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. I can’t stress eating breakfast enough...it is so vitally important.
#3 Make time to pray. Our spiritual connection needs to be a top, top priority.
#4 Make time to exercise 2-5 times per week. We must move our beautiful bodies if we expect to remain fit. They were designed to move.
#5 PLAY more. Recreation is one of the most deleted necessities in our balance wheel of life.
#6 Sit in silence 10 minutes each day. As we quiet our minds we become open to our divine guidance.
#7 Sleep 7-9 hours each day. Without adequate rest EVERYTHING is compromised mentally, physically and spiritually.
#8 Take 10-30 minute walks each day and while you walk, smile.
#9 Waste no time comparing your life to anyone else’s for you have no idea what their journey is all about.
#10 Aim for balance and moderation and know your limits.
#11 Decide to lighten up and refuse to take yourself so seriously. After all, nobody else does. Besides, life is a precious gift meant to be enjoyed.
#12 Don’t waste precious energy on gossip. This behavior smacks of lack of integrity.
#13 Daydream much more. Our imaginations were never meant to be disregarded after our youth ended.
#14 Envy not. Instead bask in others’ good fortune KNOWING what is possible for one is possible for anyone.
#15 Release past issues and do not remind your partner of his or her mistakes. This robs you of the joy available in this present moment.
#16 Do not hate others. First, life is too short to waste time and energy on hatred and second, it will undermine your being on all levels.
#17 Make peace with the past so it won’t spoil your present.
#18 Vow to smile and laugh much more. No one is in charge of your happiness, that’s an inside job.
#19 You don’t have to win every argument...agree to disagree.
#20 Call your family often.
#21 Each day give something good to others.
#22 Forgive everyone for everything.
#23 Spend time with people over 70 and under 6.
#24 Try to make three people smile every day.
#25 Remember that what other people think of you is none of your business.
#26 Your job will not be there for you when you are sick, your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
#27 ALWAYS do the right thing.
#28 Get rid of anything that is not useful, beautiful or joyful.
#29 However good or bad a situation is, it is temporary and is going to change.
#30 And finally, when you wake up alive, thank GOD. And no matter how you are feeling, get up, dress up and show up. Time is flying by and we need to remember to make the most of each and every day. Though our world is in crisis, we need not lose faith. In fact, as we choose to live our lives expressing as much love, enthusiasm and positive attitude as we can, we shine the light for others. We demand the best from life and we model the joyousness that is the birthright for each of us. Happy mental, physical and spiritual fitness to all.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Let me suggest that we use the ball to focus on that lower end of our abdominal muscles group, the part we lovingly refer to as the "pooch". Lie down on the floor and place the ball under your legs. Now dig your heels into the ball and pull that ball off the floor and inward toward your chest. Depending on your leg length and the size of the ball, you may opt to straddle your legs around it and pull it toward you that way. Be conscious of your lower back. If you feel pressure as you bring the ball back to the floor, either shorten your range or I’d recommend skipping this exercise. I have another one with no injury worries. We Trainers have hundreds of ways to exercise each body part, trust me. The idea here is to focus on the low end of the abdominal muscles near the pelvis. Use your breath to further engage these muscles by exhaling forcefully as you pull the ball inward. Do 10-30 repetitions or proceed until you feel fatigue in that area. Again, please stop immediately upon feeling discomfort in the lower back. Otherwise you may end up aggravating it and causing it to become sore. Another option is to hold the ball between your lower legs with them extended up into the air creating a 90-degree angle at your hips. Cross your arms over your chest to prevent them from assisting. Exhale forcefully and pull in at the low end of the abdominal muscles. This will curl your tailbone in and slightly uplift your buttocks from the floor. Do not be discouraged if you do not get any lift in the beginning. This is a notoriously weak section of the abdominals and it may take some time and practice before you feel really successful with this exercise. Repeat 10-30 times. Finally, assume the same starting position you had in the second exercise, maintain that and place your hands interlaced, behind your head. Exhale forcefully and, as you do, curl your shoulders off the floor and rotate your right elbow toward your left knee without bending at the shoulder. Upon inhaling, lie back down and repeat going to the left this time. Alternate, rotating your left elbow toward your right knee. Perform 10-20 repetitions to each side. This is actually working all four of the abdominal muscles that create your abdominal muscle group, specifically though your waist.
There are hundreds of variations and I encourage you to play around using your imagination, staying tuned into your abdominal muscles. You just may create a new and wonderful exercise of your own. The main focus is a sense of fatigue in the stomach area and once you feel that, you will know exactly what I mean. There is no real benefit from working deep into the ‘burn’. Once you begin to feel it, 2-5 more reps are plenty. It’s good to know, though most of us never adhere, you can safely perform abdominal exercises EVERY DAY. These muscles innately have great endurance capacity so do not be afraid to give them a good workout. If you start working them daily, you may find yourself sneaking into that holiday outfit with a bit more ease then you did last year. All the best to you and happy fitness.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
There are several institutes researching this profound and cutting-edge knowledge, one of which is The Heart Math Research Center, Institute of Heart Math. They have written a fascinating E book called The Coherent Heart. What is resonating deeply for me is that I have had an innate knowing, for almost as long as I can remember, that our hearts are much more than simply pumps designed to circulate our blood. I always felt that was but a small part of the role hearts played, yet I had no scientific basis for my awareness. That is changing, and fast.
Some call it “gut check”, “intuition” or “funny feeling” and in all three cases it is the same awareness being transmitted to the brain by the heart. The heart, not the brain, is finally gaining recognition as our main and central control center. All I have to say is, “ It’s about time.” Many of us will need a kind of refresher course to assist us back to our original knowing. Due to the conditioning we underwent that de-sensitized us as children, we must re-member who and what we are. Our parents and teachers taught us what they were taught, of course. No harm was meant; they did the best they knew how to do. But what we learned was to disregard our emotions and to be cerebral, to think, think, think and forget about how we felt. They instructed us to treat our feelings as silly and immature. Little did they know that they were training us away from the most accurate guidance and most sophisticated awareness system we have been given.
We are now entering a time of deeper awareness, an awakening of sorts, and our consciousness is evolving very quickly. We are all here with purpose and exact right timing. It will not take any of us long to get right back up to speed with who we really are; extraordinary sensing beings with clear intention and specific desires. There is within us all a knowing that we are supposed to be happy, that we are innately good and wise and will be and have always been, connected to a Higher Source. The ability to feel and identify emotions, the main function of our hearts, is the most accurate and clear guidance we have come forth possessing. It is very simple, which is another reason why we have been persuaded to believe it is meaningless. However, it was never meant to be a challenge or difficult. As basic as this sounds, it is the truth of our being. When you feel love or any positive emotion you can rest assured that you are moving, thinking and contemplating in alignment with your Source. And when you feel fear or negative emotion, you are thinking, moving and contemplating in a manner that contradicts Source and your own true nature. That is all there is to it.
Thankfully the scientific community is beginning to research and find support for our “knowing” that our hearts provide our best and most accurate form of guidance. Paying attention to our emotions and how we are feeling will prove to be much more accurate than thinking our way ahead ever has. Blessings on our path.